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South Asia in 1947 on a Map

Can you name all of the polities (including countries, protectorates, subdivisions, and other political regions) of South Asia in early 1947, right before the Partition of India?
Minor princely states (regions in grey) do not have to be guessed
Small foreign possessions may not be to scale
For type-ins, common suffixes (such as -garh, -pur, etc.) are not necessary (ex: if Nagpur is an answer, you need only write "Nag"). Similarly, states with long or difficult names have shorter type-ins.
Sources: 1, 2, along with supplementary maps and articles on Wikipedia and other sites
Quiz by JWatson24
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Last updated: June 19, 2021
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Princely State
Karauli
Khairagarh
Travancore
Sonepur
Saraikhela
Kurundwad
Hyderabad
Tripura
Khasi States
Manipur
Mudhol
Cooch Behar
Savantvadi
Banganapalle
Jath
Sikkim
Cochin
Sandur
Ramdurg
Janjira
Mysore
Pudukottai
Savanur
Vijayanagar
Amjhera
Aundh
Sangli
Jamkhandi
Miraj
Nandgaon
Phaltan
Baramba
Bhor
Kanker
Kolhapur
Bastar
Kalat
Surguja
Akalkot
Narsinghpur
Chhuikadan
Nayagarh
Dhenkanal
Ranpur
Khandpara
Hindol
Daspalla
Kawardha
Patna
Kharsawan
Raigarh
Tigiria
Pal Lahara
Athgarh
Rairakhol
Kalahandi
Baudh
Sarangarh
Athmalik
Nilgiri
Talcher
Bonai
Keonjhar
Magurbhanj
Gangpur
Bamra
Dholpur
Rewah
Jashpur
Bharatpur
Udaipur (Eastern States)
Benares
Kothi
Panna
Changbakar
Korea
Sakti
Barannda
Maihar
Udaipur (Rajputana)
Kutch
Nagod
Bijawar
Indore
Ajaigarh
Beri
Cambay
Charkhari
Sarila
Chhatarpur
Kharan
Dharampur
Datia
Chota Udaipur
Orchha
Baoni
Rampur
Samthar
Surgana
Dhar
Las Bela
Dang
Radhanpur
Bansda
Jawhar
Jambughoda
Dhrangadhra
Barwani
Rajgarh
Morvi
Rajpipla
Sanjeda Mehvassi
Makrai
Alirajpur
Jhalawar
Kushalgarh
Narsinghghar
Bhopal
Balsinor
Jaora
Sant
Jhabua
Bariya
Khilchipur
Dewas
Ratlam
Banswara
Gwalior
Kotah
Bundi
Khaniadhana
Balasinor
Lunavada
Limbdi
Dungarpur
Partabgarh
Baroda
Palitana
Bhavnagar
Gondal
Junagadh
Porbandar
Rajkot
Navanagar
Wankaner
Tharad
Danta
Idar
Alwar
Dir
Sirohi
Swat
Palanpur
Tonk
Chitral
Gilgit Agency
Hunza
Jodhpur
Kishangarh
Jaipur
Bikaner
Nagar
Jaisalmer
Jammu and Kashmir
Chamba
Kapurthala
Mandi
Bilaspur
Suket
Sirmur
Bashahr
Faridkot
Malerkotla
Nabha
Patiala
Jind
Dujana
Loharu
Garhwal
Bahawalpur
Khairpur
British India Subdivision
Northwest Frontier Agency
Baluchistan Province
Punjab Province
Coorg Province
Ajmer-Merwara Province
Sind Province
United Provinces
Orissa Province
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Panth-Piploda Province
Assam Province
Bengal Presidency
Bihar Province
Central Provinces and Berar
Bombay Presidency
Madras Presidency
Delhi Province
Autonomous Region
Marri-Bugti County
South Waziristan
North Waziristan
Kurram
Khyber
Kohistan
Hazara
Ceylon Subdivision
Western Province
Northwestern Province
North Central Province
Sabaragamuwa Province
Central Province
Southern Province
Uva Province
Eastern Province
Northern Province
Foreign Posession
Gwadar (Oman)
Diu (Portugal)
Daman (Portugal)
Goa (Portugal)
Mahe (France)
Karaikal (France)
Pondicherry (France)
Yanam (France)
Chander-Nagore (France)
Independent Nation
Nepal
Bhutan
42 Comments
+9
Level 71
Jun 18, 2021
If you're still confused on what exactly the princely states are, you can think of them as protectorates. Officially, the rulers of these states were allowed to do things like make their own laws, oversee their own courts, etc., with the British focusing more on foreign policy. However, they were ultimately subordinate to the British, as the British could still pass laws that would apply as much to the citizens of these states as to other British Indian citizens.

Overall, there were 565 princely states. Many of the princely states were small villages with only a few thousand people each, too small to even show up on this map! In contrast, the ruler of Hyderabad oversaw a state of 16 million people and was at one point dubbed the "World's Richest Man" by Time Magazine, with a net worth possibly exceeding $200 billion dollars.

Anyways, hope you enjoyed the quiz! And if you have any other questions or suggestions, I'd love to hear them!

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Level 71
Jun 19, 2021
Also, if you enjoy this and want to see another amazing map, try ThatOnePunk's map of India in 1525!
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Level 70
Jun 18, 2021
Wow, this is simply an amazing map!!
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Level 71
Jun 19, 2021
Thanks so much, that means a lot to me! I definitely put a lot of time and effort into this (more so than any other quiz I've done so far), so if people are enjoying it I'm glad :)
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Level 52
Jun 19, 2021
Is there a reason typing “Nepal” fills in Pal Lahara?
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Level 71
Jun 19, 2021
I was pretty generous on type-ins here, so "Pal" is a type-in for Pal Lahara. Beyond that, the princely state doesn't have a direct connection to the kingdom of Nepal if that's what you were wondering. Consider it a freebie :)
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Level 60
Jun 19, 2021
I can't believe someone already made (ʘ言ʘ╬)

Unbelievable work I would guess, it would have take years for me to finish. Awesome work as always!

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Level 71
Jun 19, 2021
Haha thanks! It did take me quite a bit of time and effort to do this. It was kinda a project I did on-and-off for several weeks. I'm interested in the history of the British Raj though and I learned quite a bit from doing this, so I definitely think it was worth it.
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Level 58
Jun 19, 2021
Wow! Fantastic, as with all your quizzes!
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Level 40
Jun 20, 2021
Very nice! It is a little distracting though that you accept VERY partial names.
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Level 71
Jun 20, 2021
Thanks! Figuring out type-ins was probably the most difficult part of this quiz. I wanted to tread the thin line between giving away too many freebies and allowing people to get right answers if they misspelled something/took a good educated guess. From the comments so far, it sounds like the quiz is leaning a bit toward the "freebie" side. I'll see if I can adjust this a bit sometime in the future to compensate for this while making sure it doesn't turn impossible (after all, the quiz is already hard enough as is!).
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Level 57
Jun 21, 2021
I've wanted a quiz like this forever! Nominated! However, if we're talking about South Asia, it would only make sense to include Afghanistan as well, wouldn't it?
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Level 71
Jun 21, 2021
Thanks! Really glad you liked it. As for Afghanistan, I debated putting it on here, but ultimately decided against it. I know definitions of South Asia differ, and how I personally interpret it is just the India subcontinent (plus maybe the Maldives). There doesn't seem to a JetPunk standard regarding what is part of "South Asia," so I just went with my definition. I know that might not be a satisfactory answer, but also, seeing as Afghanistan's borders were basically the same in 1947 as they are now, I don't think adding it would necessarily improve the quiz, if that makes sense. I'd be willing to change it though if others want me to include Afghanistan.
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Level 40
Jun 22, 2021
Wow...just...WOW!
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Level 73
Jul 5, 2021
Fantastic quiz! Always wanted such a quiz! I managed to get a handful of princely states by guessing small towns from here and there. This one definitely deserves to be featured!! Exactly how much time did it take you to make this extraordinary quiz?
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Level 71
Jul 5, 2021
Thanks!!! I'm not sure exactly how long it took to make it, but probably somewhere in the ballpark of 25-30 hours. Making the map was what took the longest amount of time, but I also spent quite a bit of time on type-ins too. I'm glad to see that people are enjoying it though because it makes me feel that my hard work has paid off :)
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Level 62
Jul 7, 2021
Thank you Sardar Patel (and VP Menon.)
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Level 71
Jul 7, 2021
Lol yeah, so true. Political integration was a messy process, but Patel did an absolutely amazing job handling it. I'd say he's comparable to Otto von Bismarck, perhaps even more impressive given how large and diverse India is compared to Germany.
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Level 71
Jul 7, 2021
Thanks to whoever spotlighted this! :)
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Level 63
Jul 7, 2021
First of all, this is great. I can't imagine the effort you must have put into this.

I have to say though, some type-ins are very strange. For some reason I entered "Samarkand" and got Khandpara. I went to type in "Afghan border" and got Bhor. I doubt these are intentional, looks like there is something weird going on with the latter part of some type-ins?

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Level 71
Jul 7, 2021
Thanks! And those were intentional. I wanted to be generous with the type-ins, so for many of them I just allowed anything containing the names that I want (or anything similar). That's why, for example, so many people got Pal Lahara. From your comment (and others) though, it seems that this is making type-ins a bit too easy, so I plan on going back and making them slightly more strict so as not to give away so many freebies. Hope that makes sense!
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Level 88
Jul 7, 2021
Great map & quiz! I really enjoyed taking it and I look forward to revisiting and improving on my score in the future. Excellent work!
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Level 79
Jul 7, 2021
Very nice map. Maldives unlucky!
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Level 57
Jan 10, 2022
I think you forgot Makran Princely State, by the way. It looks as though Kalat and Makran were merged on the map.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Makran_(princely_state)

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Level 71
Jan 10, 2022
Wow, nice catch! For some reason, my source maps didn't have that. I'm not sure when I'll get around to updating this, but I'll keep it in mind!
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Level 71
Jan 17, 2022
Thanks to whoever spotlighted this (again!) :)
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Level 84
Jan 17, 2022
It's super hard to read "Independent Nation" with white text on a light yellow background. Use black text on light backgrounds. "Autonomous Region" needs it, but you can probably get away with "British India Subdivision" and "Foreign Possession".
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Level 71
Jan 17, 2022
I see your concern, but if I change the text from white to black for one of them, I have to change it for all of them. I experimented with it and it just didn't look as nice. I think it's still reasonably readable. Maybe I'll update this quiz in the future and tone down some of those really bright colors, but for now I think I'll leave it as is.
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Level 53
Jul 10, 2022
Glorious map! Makes me very happy as an Indian
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Level 71
Jul 11, 2022
Thanks! I'm Bangladeshi myself so I consider this a part of my history as well :)
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Level 56
Sep 9, 2022
This is amazing. Nominated. Would definitely have been featured if it was about a European country or one of their settler colonies like the US.
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Level 71
Sep 9, 2022
Thanks! Honestly, I don't forsee this being featured anytime soon. Even for Indians, many of these answers are pretty obscure. Appreciate the comment though!
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Level 56
Sep 9, 2022
The fact that you probably had to make this entire map yourself along with figuring out the most reliable source of information from that time and then work on the type-ins, which would have required a pretty good analysis of past and present names not only of the entities themselves but also other places within those entities too.

This genuinely blows my mind

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Level 71
Sep 9, 2022
I can certainly tell you it was quite a bit of work. Luckily, I did find decent sources. They didn't always match up so I had to make composites for some of the states based on various maps, but I'm fairly confident with this. And while I'm glad with how this turned out, I'm pretty sure that I will have neither the time or the energy to do something this big again. That being said, I'm glad to see that this has been so well-received. Once again, thanks for taking it!
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Level 15
Feb 28, 2023
This is super amazing! This is the best quiz I've seen on this website so far!
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Level 71
Feb 28, 2023
Thanks! There are many more quizzes that are better than this on this site, but I'm flattered by the compliment. If you enjoy this type of quiz, I'd recommend looking at Dekkie's quizzes; her maps are incredibly
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Level 50
Apr 15, 2023
"Flags of the Indian Princely States in 1947 (With Yellow Bar)"
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Level 71
Apr 15, 2023
Sorry, I have no clue what this means. Can you elaborate? If you're asking me to make a quiz of the flags of the Princely States, the answer is probably no because I'm not sure every Princely State had its own flag, and even if they did I doubt I could find all of them.
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Level 50
Apr 16, 2023
i'm imagining how hard a hypothetical princely states flag quiz would be due to how many flags most princely states share (iirc) along with the yelllow box
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Level 71
Apr 16, 2023
Oh yeah lol, that would be quite an interesting quiz. Even if it were feasible, I don't think I'd subject anyone to that kind of torture :)
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Level 59
Apr 28, 2023
Korea lol
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Level 60
Feb 6, 2024
Wonderful quiz! Calcutta should be accepted since Kolkata is.